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I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture.

As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding."

I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

  • The Big Questions of Life: Death and Grief, Part 1

    June 20, 2017

    This might sound a little strange or even morbid to some, but I am captivated by the topic of death. The first Catholic funeral I attended as a boy fascinated me. I'll never forget the elaborate Funeral Mass, the foreboding casket lying near the altar, and the priest's liberal use of incense, which filled the church with a pleasant aroma.

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  • Making Evangelical Churches More Inviting to Christian Intellectuals

    June 20, 2017

    There is a growing crisis in evangelical churches today. However, most evangelicals are unaware of the nature of the emergency or of its looming repercussions. The problem is that many intellectually oriented Christian adults increasingly feel out of place in evangelical churches.

    • Reflective Thinking
    • Uncategorized
    • The Church
    • Reflections
    • Life of the Mind
    • Learning
    • Education
    • Critical Thinking
    • Christian Life
  • Take Up and Read: A History of Apologetics

    June 13, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • Work and Leisure: Divine Gifts but Potential Idols

    June 6, 2017

    In the Christian world-and-life view, both work and leisure are considered good things. Both come as gifts from God's hand and are rooted and discerned from the Lord's foundational act in creation.

    • Worldviews
    • Christian Life
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  • Take Up and Read: Who Is This Jesus?

    May 30, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously

    • Philosophy & Religion
  • How Does Zoroastrianism Compare to Christianity?

    May 23, 2017

    Everybody knows about the Middle Eastern monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But few people know there is another religion that originated in the Middle East whose adherents also believe in and worship one God. That little known religion is called Zoroastrianism, or the Parsi faith.

    • World Religions
  • Take Up and Read: How to Read a Book

    May 16, 2017

    This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics.

    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
    • Book Reviews
  • That Other Middle Eastern Monotheistic Religion

    May 9, 2017

    When you mention Middle Eastern monotheistic religions virtually everyone knows of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But there is a fourth religion—with an estimated 200,000 adherents—that fits that same category, yet few people know much about it at all.

    • World Religions
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  • Take Up and Read: A Treatise concerning Religious Affections

    May 2, 2017

    This blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner's guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics.

    • Book Reviews
    • Reading
    • Christian Literature
    • Books
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 7

    April 25, 2017

    I like to visit cemeteries because they remind me that I’m mortal and life is very short. Seeing the graves of people also focuses my attention upon eternal issues like what will await me after death. I like to think that reflecting upon my death will help me live a more authentic and focused life.

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  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 6

    April 18, 2017

    It is hard to exaggerate the importance of Jesus’s resurrection to Christianity, for Christ’s resurrection truly stands at the very center of the Christian faith. It serves both as a crucial Christian doctrine and as the faith’s most potent argument:

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 5

    April 11, 2017

    Does every historic movement emerge from a specific cause? If so, what caused the Christian religion to come into being? According to the original followers of Jesus of Nazareth, the church sprang into existence and was deeply shaped because of the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
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  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 4

    April 4, 2017

    Some people have had dramatic religious conversions. In fact, my three favorite Christian thinkers outside of the biblical authors—St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis—all experienced amazing life-changing conversions to Christianity. But there is one person whose conversion to the Christian faith changed the world forever.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 3

    March 28, 2017

    Today’s skeptics of Jesus’s resurrection sometimes state that religious people are too quick to accept reports about miracles. Those who doubt the miraculous often insist that miracle claims aren’t usually sufficiently questioned. But was this the case among Jesus’s apostles concerning the resurrection?

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Faith & Reason
    • Faith
    • Bible
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 2

    March 21, 2017

    Christian apologist Walter Martin used to say that the real death rate is one per person, meaning that each person’s death is a matter of when, not if. Therefore, because we are mortal creatures and thus stalked by death, if Jesus Christ actually conquered death through his resurrection, then this is the most important news for all human beings to hear and to reflectively consider.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Faith & Reason
    • Faith
    • Bible
  • 12 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus, Part 1

    March 15, 2017

    Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider 12 evidences for the resurrection of Jesus.

    • Resurrection
    • Jesus Christ
    • Apologetics
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